Top 20 Songs Played at Funerals

UPDATE: New Top 20 list 2017!

Did you ever thought about your funeral and of all the enjoyable scenes you’d miss on that day? It makes me happy to think of my remaining friends and family getting extremely drunk, eating until they pass out and instagramming my debris with smileys. The most important and cheerful thing in my life is music, so I obviously thought about the soundtrack for my funeral. Apparently, a lot of people do as shown by checking the Top 20 Songs Played at Funerals in 2012. When it comes to picking funeral music, the first thing you should think about is what you want to achieve with your last song. Want them cryin’, hatin’ or smilin’? Many choose songs to bore their bereaved to death. I want to know how many people were left listening to Eva Cassidy and Westlife at a funeral. It must be a horrifying number.

To finish this up, I’m telling you my fave last song and I’m really surprised it didn’t make it in the Top 20. It’s Johnny Cash’s “Hurt”. What’s yours?

20. Eva Cassidy – “Songbird”


19. Westlife – “Flying Without Wings”


18. Righteous Brothers – “Unchained Melody”

17. Eva Cassidy – “Fields Of Gold”


16. Daniel O’Donnell – “Danny Boy”

15. Louis Armstrong – “Wonderful World”

14. Luther Vandross – “Dance With My Father”


13. Monty Python – “Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life”

12. Whitney Houston / Dolly Parton – “I Will Always Love You”

11. Tina Turner – “The Best”

10. Nat King Cole – “Unforgettable”

9. Celine Dion – “My Heart Will Go On”

8. Vera Lynn – “We’ll Meet Again”

7. Gerry & The Pacemakers – “You’ll Never Walk Alone”

6. Westlife – “You Raise Me Up”


5. Robbie Williams – “Angels”


4. Eva Cassidy – “Over The Rainbow”


3. Bette Midler – “Wind Beneath My Wings”


2. Sarah Brightman / Andrea Bocelli – “Time To Say Goodbye”


1. Frank Sinatra – “My Way”

UPDATE: New Top 20 list 2017!

  1. I personally like the songs “See You Again” by Carrie Underwood, “If I Die Young” by The Band Perry, “You Raise Me Up” by Josh Groban, and “You’ll Be In My Heart” by Phil Collins (from Tarzan).

  2. At my funeral I want “thank you for being a friend” by Andrew gold. when the coffin is carried at the beginning of the service.

  3. Can t believe sara mclachlan “in the arms of the angels” and “I will remember u…” come to think of it, most of her songs would work at a funeral…. lol

  4. Bone Thugz and Harmony Tha Crossroads would work good if the person passed was into rap or hip hop music. Also Tears in Heaven should have been listed. They played both of those songs at my uncles funeral

  5. If Cremated: Relight My Fire by Take That or Burning Love by Elvis.
    If Buried: In Too Deep by Phil Collins & Kate Bush… otherwise Agadoo by Balck Lace, Shaddup Your Face or The Birdie Song! O_O

    • Thank you so much for listing “Never Alone”. I was desperately looking for a song for a memorial service I’m doing tomorrow and this song is perfect. Blessings.

  6. I’m really surprised Jenn Bostic’s ‘Jealous of the Angels’ is not in the top 20. It’s a very touching piece of music.

  7. I remember when my cousin was killed in a plane crash on Christmas Day. My father had purchased a CD player and had been given a Andrea Boceli CD for Christmas. Time to Say Goodbye was playing as we were reading the teletext broadcast to say the plane had been found with no survivors. Absolutely love that song, but cannot listen to it without falling to pieces.

  8. My grandmother just passed away a few days ago. Ever since the moment I was born, we had a bond that went behind a normal grandmother/granddaughter relation. I was extremely close to her. At her funeral yesterday evening, they played I’ll Fly Away by Alison Krauss and Go Rest High on That Mountain by Vince Gill.

    At my funeral, though I’d like to have 100 Years by Five For Fighting and Forever Young by Rod Stewart

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